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Government Open Source Conference Set for Oct. 12-13 in Portland ...

The second-annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON), is scheduled for Oct. 12-13 in Portland, Ore. Designed for information technology executives and managers in national, state and local governments, GOSCON features in-depth sessions on open source implementation and best practices, as well as presentations from individuals such as Brian Behlendorf and Larry Augustin.
"Open source" refers to software whose programming code can be viewed, modified and changed by its users. In that way, users have the ability to improve the software, making it better for everyone and speeding the pace of technological improvements.

[Sounds like free software, but if they feel more comfortable with "open source", so be it. Governments are slow to grasp the idea of freedom. -- grouch]

Technology Now

There is plenty of free software at the local library

Free software is becoming widely available via Web sites dedicated to providing computer users with access to freeware and shareware. Fledgling software developers also use the Web as a medium to make new software available for a trial download so users can test the product, provide feedback and possibly assist with its development.

[Please, be kind to librarians; their specialty is not software development models. -- grouch]

"military grade" Linux PDA gains WiFi, Bluetooth

Tripod Data System (TDS) has updated its Recon series of rugged handheld computers. The new Recon-X series PDAs feature twice as much Flash memory (up to 256 MB) as the original, along with optional built-in Bluetooth and 802.11g WiFi. A Linux-based version will begin beta testing next week, and ship in July or early August.

Review: Xandros Desktop Linux 4.0

The newly released Xandros Desktop Linux 4.0 is one of the few remaining for-pay Linux distributions on the consumer market. The Home Edition is available for $40, or $80 for a Premium Edition. What do you get for your hard-earned cash? Let's take a look.

Review: Can Xandros Linux Desktop Replace Windows Media Center ...

Right off the bat, Xandros offers more in the form of bundled applications than either Vista product. For example, Xandros Desktop Version 4 Home Edition Premium includes an office suite, OpenOffice, and comes bundled with an antivirus product. On the Microsoft side of the equation, those would be considered add-on products.

Move an entire file system on a live Unix system

  • developerworks; By Martin Brown (Posted by solrac on Jul 8, 2006 2:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Copying a live file system can be risky, especially if there are open files. You should also be careful to ensure that you don't accidentally overwrite a partition, or existing files, with the files you are trying to copy. With some careful thought, you can effectively migrate files reliably to take advantage of more space, even on a live system.

DoD releases OTD Roadmap

The Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) has announced the release of a Department of Defense (DoD) report entitled the Open Technology Development Roadmap which focuses on how to make the use of open technology development an integral part of the Department of Defense (DoD) software acquisition and development processes.

Linux Kernel Compilation

  •; By "dylunio" (Posted by Libervis on Jul 8, 2006 12:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
From time to time you may need to install the Linux (the kernel) manually, this may be to get some new feature you want, or just to see what it's like. This is a brief guide to compiling your own customized Linux kernel.

Books: An easy introduction to Ajax

  •; By Jason Norwood-Young (Posted by dcparris on Jul 8, 2006 12:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
Today's Ajax is all about creating interactive web pages that update magically to the back-end server. Pragmatic Ajax by Justin Gehtland, Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer is meant to give asspiring web developers a fast-track start to using Ajax to spice up existing and new web applications.

Race between Firefox and Firebird

Anyone wants to bet which project: Firefox or Firebird will be first for release version 2.0? Meanwhile Firebird Database 2.0 RC3 builds are available for download

Desktop Linux Integration Nears With Portland Project Beta Release

The “Portland Project,” the collaborative venture that simplifies the process of porting and integrating applications for Linux desktops, announced the Beta release of its programming interfaces for GNOME and KDE environments. Several of the global Linux distributors have indicated a commitment to support their application vendors with early versions of the Portland Project tools.

LPI Exam 202: Network Troubleshooting

In this last tutorial, from a series of seven tutorials on Linux Professional Institute exam 202 topics, review tools and commands that help you detect and solve networking problems. Also, review the locations for basic configuration files that affect network status and behavior.

RIPLinux: Data Recovery and Partitioning Tool

  • The Linux-Tutorial; By ffreeloader (Posted by tripwire45 on Jul 8, 2006 8:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Just ran across this yesterday. It is the fastest live cd I've run across and has a huge selection of data recovery and partitioning tools along with memtest and a browser so that you can do research while booted into the live cd.

Firebird 2.0 RC3 (omega) is out. What's next ? Gold Final Release

  • firebirdnews; By (Posted by mariuz on Jul 8, 2006 7:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Community
Builds for Windows and Linux of the new Firebird 2.0 RC3 (probably the last RC) are out.

Mysql Cluster 5.0 ALTER TABLE In-Depth

  • MySQL Developer Zone; By Martin Skold (Posted by dcparris on Jul 8, 2006 7:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: MySQL
In this Developers Zone article we take an in-depth look at how the ALTER TABLE command is implemented in MySQL Cluster 5.0.

Good news for Linux users in court battle

A U.S. magistrate has struck down many of the SCO Group Inc.'s claims against IBM Corp., saying SCO failed to show its intellectual property was misappropriated when Big Blue donated software code to the freely distributed Linux operating system.

[Schools also seem interested in SCO v. IBM. -- grouch]

Going beyond JSP with Ruby and Seaside

This article discuss how code generation works in Ruby, and it delve into a more radical component-based approach in Seaside.

Fresh brew - Sun's plans to open source Java

  • Computer Business Review; By Tony Baer (Posted by dcparris on Jul 8, 2006 5:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Sun's new CEO Jonathan Schwartz ended years of speculation last month when he announced that the company plans to open source Java. Tony Baer reports from Sun's annual JavaOne conference in San Francisco.

NSpluginwrapper: A cross-architecture browser plugin tool

NSpluginwrapper is a cross-architecture tool designed to let Firefox users on AMD64 and PowerPC Linux use i386-only, binary Web browser plugins -- such as those frequently provided by closed source, commercial interests. Following a protracted delay after its initial, binary-only release back in May, NSpluginwrapper is now available with source code.

QotD - about package management

Ok, this quote isn’t really new - in fact, it is from Thu, 18 Aug 2005, but I found it just today when reading the blog of one of the two authors of the planet

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